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Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee 2022 👑 🎺 🎺- Shotesham is proud to celebrate this singularly auspicious occasion with four events over the extended bank holiday weekend….
Shotesham Jubilee Beacon 🔥 – Thursday 2nd June 9pm – Please join us at 9 pm on Thursday 2nd June for the lighting of the Shotesham Jubilee Beacon at St Mary’s Church on one the highest points in our Parish. We will be joined by a village community choir, a local bagpiper, a trumpeter, local poets and purveyors of fine wines and tasty Jubilee snacks as we mark this significant national event.
Parking is limited at St Mary’s so consider taking an evening stroll across the fields if able. A torch is advisable – beacons will be lit simultaneously all across the UK at 9.45pm, which will be after sunset.
This event is being arranged by the Parish Council but has been made possible by the generosity of our community.
Photographic representation, not actual
Saturday 4th June from 10am– will see (or hear!) the first full Peal of Bells🔔🔔 at All Saints Church for over 20 years, and certainly the first time since the new bell was commissioned in 2019. For the uninitiated (including me), if the ringers don’t make a mistake and ‘get lost’, a full peal lasts around 3 hours and, I’m told, is a joy to hear. See here for more info.
Following the Peal, the PCC invites you for tea and cake at All Saints from 2.30-4.30. The church will be decorated with Jubilee themed flowers 💐.
Shotesham Jubilee Tea Party ☕️ 🥳 – Sunday 5th June from 2 – 8pm. Everyone in Shotesham Parish is invited to join us on The Street outside the Globe and the Village Pond, where tables and chairs will be laid out so that families and friends throughout the village can come together to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Globe will be open for drinks as normal (no food), but can you please avoid using the Globe’s tables unless purchasing drinks. There will be live music, and whilst you’ll need to bring your own picnic, there will be a celebratory cake which will hopefully provide a piece for everyone, along with some bubbles for a toast! Dress- best togs, fancy dress, or just come as you are! Royalist or not, you have to accept that 70 years in a job is a pretty good reason for congratulations and celebration, cheers Ma’am!
Hope to see you in the crowd.
Other Jubilee info
Stoke Holy Cross is running an all day open Jubilee Celebration on Saturday 4th June on the playing field – 10am fun run, 12pm main event -Picnic in the Park with live music from local musicians, bouncy castle, dog show, viking and saxon displays, licensed bar, ice-creams, pizza, games, crafts and more.
Jubilee Flypast Training – will take place over Norfolk & Lincolnshire from 24 – 26 May, click here for details
Support for Ukraine 🇺🇦 – Most villagers will be aware that, following on from a point raised at the SVA AGM, a group of Shotesham residents got together to discuss what we, as a village community, could do to support Ukrainian people who are having to flee their home country, and sadly by the looks of things this need isn’t going away very soon. The good news is that a couple of our local IT experts have brought together a website where we can all share, and hopefully bring together the needs of potential refugees with the help that we as individuals and as a community can provide.
Please visit Shoteshamtogether at www.shoteshamtogether.org, Shotesham looks forward to trying to help Ukraine in anyway we can, please help by expressing your support. Many thanks to those who have worked to bring this to life so quickly.
However, clearly there are individuals who aren’t quite as supportive, as exposed by the vandalism in Shotesham and other local villages, where some, presumably mindless, idiots have painted swastikas on Ukrainian flags aswell as someone’s property! I say ‘mindless, but if the responsible persons are offended they are perfectly entitled to contact with their own viewpoint should they wish to. No desire to put photos of swastikas on this site, but an article on the issue is available on the EDP website. Shotesham’s response to this incident is to acquire and fly more Ukraine flags across the village in solidarity
Never short of spectacular views in Shotesham…..bootiful, looking forward to seeing your Spring & Summer photos an update.
And talking of views, a prize for the first one to guess this spooky 👻 one!
The DIARY – Click here
AGM – many thanks to all who attended our AGM, always good to see some new faces and share some news and chat. If you couldn’t make it, please still remember your membership donations of £3 per person which help the SVA put on events as we return to normality(ish!). Your contribution can preferably be paid by bank transfer to account name Shotesham Village Association, A/C no. 23782145, sort code 60-15-31, using your surname & SVA (e.g. Munro SVA) as the reference. Or see the leaflet in March Contact for more details and methods of payment. Thanks in anticipation from the SVA.
For anyone who missed them, you can drool over the cakes below 😛
Walking in Shotesham – As spring approaches and the sun is out, it’s time to get the walking shorts out. A local walk was enjoyed by a large group and lots of dogs, three more coming up in May – Sunday 1st, Thursday 12th, and a picnic walk on Sunday 29th.
Easter Kids event on Monday 18th April – fab event at All Saints Church on Easter Monday, a good time was had by all….well at least most! And a special thank you to Peter Holmes who, once again, lent us his garden for the races. Many thanks Peter.
Wildlife in Shotesham – who knew we had so many different wildlife species on our doorstep?! Village resident, Andy Musgrove is busy collecting and collating them all and, whilst in his own words he hasn’t got them all yet, click here for a few to be getting on with. Careful though, it could make your hair stand on end!!
…and how’s this for acrobatics, after all who says they’re only for the birds!
Other Information –
Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101.
SCAM AWARE! Due to the increasing occurrence of scams, we’ve decided to feature a log of examples on the site which will feature examples of things to avoid, and hopefully give a general of the types of scams that are out there. If you experience anything suspicious, please send evidence via email (Contact Us above) and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks for your help and, as always, don’t respond to anything you’re not sure of, and you can always look up the Scam Aware website or Google the company name (other search engines are available). REMEMBER, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a DUCK! Click on the links for some examples – text msg – Email Provider – Letters promising $millions!!
To emphasise the extent of the SCAMMING problem, click here for an up to date message from our Community Police Engagement Officer, and advice from NLC on scam avoidance – see it here. Look out, other scams are available!!
Community information….Anglian Water’s Priority Services Register is in place to help lots of people with different needs and is completely free, click here for more info
Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau (NCAB) are looking for volunteers and Trustees, if you have time on your hands why not give it a go? See more info here
Norfolk Local Councils (NLC) – Go wild in the Country with Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Environment agency – Winter Flooding Report, read here
ALSO, Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:
- Brief information on how to use the database
- A short video demonstration
- A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
- A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include, or just give feedback on your experience of using the database
Norfolk County Council – info, advice and links here
Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here
Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies, full info here
South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!
National Association of Local Councils (NALC) – 2021 Points of Light, read it here
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information
Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.
Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.
Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s – April news update – click here
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